Welcome to my writing portfolio

Hi. I am glad that you found your way to my site. My name is Lindsay Berry and I am a writer. I have put up some of my stories here for you to enjoy.  Select what you want to read and discover my imaginary world. I welcome any comments you wish to make.
All stories are my original work and are copyright and can not be copied or distributed without my express permission.

Come and see more of me at http://withoutasense.blogspot.com.es

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How Do You Feel About Reading Novels in Progress

I do not post up my novel-in-progress at present. There are many reasons, but the main one is that I like the idea of my blog to cover other work such as short stories, photos, general items, thoughts, etc.  I do expose my novel to beta readers for feedback so I am not ignoring the value of the non-biased eye. And I have to admit that the thought of anyone commenting on my first few drafts scares me as even I know that they can be terrible.

How do you feel about reading novels-in-progress through a blog? Do you post yours and, if so, is it valuable to you? At what point would you stop posting such work on a blog? It’s a topic that fascinates me and, of course there is neither a wrong nor a right answer as to whether one should expose unfinished work to the wider audience. Please comment with your thoughts and although I am breathing and sleeping my novel, I will respond.

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Two sentence horror for Halloween

Novel writing is all consuming and that explains my silence in the blog world lately. However yesterday I had a notification from someone I follow about two sentence horror and I had to respond so my friends, I am blatantly pinching their idea and starting a thread for you. My effort is below. Please post yours in my comments section. I can’t wait to read them.

When the knock came at the door, he whispered in my ear, ‘don’t answer’. I obeyed but warm fluid ran down my legs as his hand tightened on my throat.

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Time Management for a Writer Part II

Some interesting points were made in the comments on Part I of this subject by Daniel and also by Creative Mysteries.  Thanks to you both.I agree that there is a great freedom in allowing the story to unfold as the imagination dictates. I participated in Nano (National Novel Writing in a month) last November and started on day 1 with an idea and no plan or structure. Although the 55000 words I produced were not worthy of publishing they did give me a great starting point for my novel.

I love the idea of watching YouTube of writers speaking about their work and although I am glued to my computer I hadn’t considered searching on that forum so will take that advice.

I have just read a post by Suddenly Jamie @suddenlyjamie about smart planning and time management. Some useful tips there for us all.

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Time Management for a Writer

I am interested to find out how other writers manage their time, avoid interruptions, etc. In addition I would love to know how much time you spend researching, reading and using media to learn about your craft. Do you listen to radio interviews with authors? Are you a member of a reading group and does it inform your own writing? Do you write every day? At the same time? Do you stick to one genre or try a few and do you write short stories, novels, poetry? Do you edit as you go along or do it all at the end?

I think that we are fascinating, so different and yet all striving to express ourselves with the written word. Maybe you have some suggestions for us all about time management as a writer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Friday Fictioneers – Getting High

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Oh I do love Fridays. Rochelle posts up a great photo (thanks for the great work Rochelle) and we allow our imaginations to run wild, writing 100 words or so of prose, poetry, etc. Have a try and see what you can do at Friday Fictioneers.  http://www.rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com

GETTING HIGH

‘Look, he’s nearly here. You’re dead.’

‘What? It was just a bit of fun.’

‘Look where your idea of fun got us. What’re you going to tell him when he gets here?’

‘I thought it was sugar. Who cares? Anyway, maybe he’ll fall.’

‘Rosie, you can’t mess with his stuff. We’ve been through this before.’

‘But he told me it would make me fly. Maybe it will.’

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Winchester Writers Conference Feedback

Last weekend I attended my first Winchester Writers Conference. Although the conference lasted three days I opted for the Saturday as the programme was best suited to my interest and purse.

The day got off to a great start with the plenary address by Julian Fellows and his wife, the beautiful Lady Emma. They were entertaining, intelligent and inspirational. Although he is best known for his recent success with ‘Downton Abbey’ Julian Fellows has an impressive resume in writing and acting. He is incredibly funny and must be wonderful to work with. Lady Emma is clearly ‘the woman behind the great man’, making her own valuable contribution to his work and her outfit had me scanning the fashion shops to copy.

The other guest speaker was a young man, Lt. Ian Thornton. He is a serving officer and moved his audience to tears with his tale of the loss of his brother in conflict four years ago. When his brother’s personal effects were returned to his family they included a diary detailing daily life on the front line. Collecting together more diaries of active personnel including some of his own, Lt Thornton has been involved in the publication of the book ‘Helmand’ about life on active duty. The proceeds go to a charity set up in his brother’s name.

This amazing introduction was followed by a series of self selected one hour seminars on different aspects of the business of writing and publication. My choices included Self Editing Before Submission, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Pitching, Strategies for Escaping the Slush Pile, Stand Out From the Crowd, and The Perfect Pitch. All speakers were experienced writers, agents or publishers. Alongside these talks each delegate was offered between 3 to 6 one-to-one 15 minute meetings with agents, publishers or writers. My own meeting with an editorial director of a major publishing house was a positive and valuable experience. She gave me detailed feedback on my first 30 pages with constructive criticism and advice for taking my novel forward. She found great potential in my work and that has inspired me and renewed my enthusiasm to keep going with it.

One message came through clearly. Do not send unfinished or unedited work out. Many pieces do not get past the first step because they are poorly presented.

In the evening the winners of the competitions were announced followed by a gala dinner with an after dinner speech by Jessica Fellows.

Would I recommend attending this or other similar conferences? Yes I would although I do think that consideration has to be given to the cost and benefit so I would suggest that this conference is more suited to the writer who is well advanced in his or her work.

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Friday Fictioneers – Doing the Boogie Woogie

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Three screaming kids crashed into me as I fiddled with the gate.

‘Must have been a good party.’

I ended up talking to their backs.

My finger pressed the rusty button. On the other side of the door a bell chimed but I guess it got lost in the music; maybe the person in charge was deaf so I gave it a push.

Loudest piano that I ever heard. Odd choice, that music. Blues and jazz, mixed up. A bygone age.

What could I do? The door opened, inviting me in. Those were just rumours, weren’t they? Music can’t kill you.

Written for Friday Fictioneers. Every week a photo prompts writers to submit a piece of flash fiction (100 words or so). If you are interested have a look at http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com who organises it all – incredible!

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